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#1 New York Times Bestseller The acclaimed, bestselling author--winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize--tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families' lives. One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny's mother, Beverly--thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them. When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another. Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.

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"Commonwealth bursts with keen insights into faithfulness, memory and mortality... [An] ambitious American epic..."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Patchett's storytelling has never seemed more effortlessly graceful. This is minimalism that magically speaks volumes..."--Washington Post

"Commonwealth represents yet another victory for Patchett. Readers will fly through it... the tale is so rich and the plot is so wildly addicting, readers won't be able to put it down until they've turned the final page."--Hampton Sheet

"The genius of the way Patchett approached Commonwealth is that it's constructed like a puzzle... Maybe it's another case of the tried-and-true adage: "Write what you know." Because this book? It's pure gangbusters."--San Francisco Chronicle

"splendid new novel... Just try to stop reading. And you won't want to. Patchett is in stellar form."--USA Today

"close obervation, deadpan humor... Chekhov regularly invoked"--Wall Street Journal

"Patchett gives us funny, flawed characters, and the rich reward of Commonwealth is seeing their lives unfold..."--Houston Chronicle

"Spinning ordinary lives into literary gold"--Seattle Times

"[A] memorable, modern novel"--Flavorwire

"Ann Patchett's gifts are more clear than ever in Commonwealth"--Dallas Morning News

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A No. 1 New York Times bestseller, the powerful story of two families brought together by beauty and torn apart by tragedy, the new novel by the Orange Prize-winning author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder is her most astonishing yet

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